Research Project: Building soil health through rotational diversity and soil microorganisms

tiemann_ffar_photoCrop rotations have been used to increase crop productivity for centuries, yet we know very little about how rotational diversity impacts soil microorganisms and the belowground processes they mediate. Dr. Tiemann’s research will focus on the interactions between crop diversity, soil microorganisms and soil organic matter, and how they may be managed to enhance soil services and sustainably increase crop yields. Building soil biodiversity and soil organic matter are critical for transforming soil health, which is the keystone for building sustainable agricultural systems that are resilient to climate change perturbations and provide the suite of services crucial for human food security.

About Dr. Lisa Tiemann

Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

Dr. Lisa Tiemann is currently Assistant Professor of Soil Biology in the Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences Department at Michigan State University. With a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Kansas, she takes an agroecological approach to research, which is critical for developing innovative approaches to agriculture that simultaneously increase system productivity, resilience and sustainability. Dr. Tiemann works globally to promote the understanding of soil microorganisms’ contributions to soil organic matter and healthy, fertile soils. Her research is conducted in a variety of agroecosystems in the U.S. and in Africa as she explores aspects of management and climate change that alter microbial community dynamics with consequences for soil fertility and soil health. The ultimate goal of her research is to determine how we can manage soil microbes and agroecosystems to sustain the critical services soils provide in support of food production for a rapidly growing human population.